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Bonfires, heat lamps, cider: Klobuchar warms snow-covered Minnesotans at outdoor rally

Amy Klobuchar supporters cheer as a DJ takes the stage before Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s announcement announcement to run for president Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, from a snowy Boom Park, in Minneapolis. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)
Amy Klobuchar supporters cheer as a DJ takes the stage before Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s announcement announcement to run for president Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, from a snowy Boom Park, in Minneapolis. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP) AP

Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s presidential campaign announcement in Minneapolis Sunday could hardly have been more Minnesotan: It was 14 degrees and snowy, with visibility so low that rally-goers could hardly see the city’s skyline in the background, the Star Tribune reports.

But that didn’t keep supporters away from the Democrat’s presidential rally.

“We don’t let a little snow stop us,” Klobuchar told supporters as she opened up her speech. “We don’t let a little cold stop us.”

The crowd at Boom Island Park on the Mississippi River roared in response.

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Snow falls as rally goers arrive at Boom Island Park for Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s announcement of her decision in the race for president at a rally Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, at Boom Island Park in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) Jim Mone AP

The Associated Press reported that the rally was “exuberant” and “festive,” with volunteers handing out American flags and hand warmers to bundled-up attendees. Bonfires and heat lamps in the park kept her supporters warm as they gathered before the speech — as did 100 gallons of hot cocoa and 100 more of apple cider, according to AP.

The weather hardly came as a surprise: Klobuchar advised supporters to “bundle up” in a video posted on Twitter last week inviting them to the rally.

Supporters were enthusiastic despite the temperatures.

“I think she’s a strong, caring person. She does a lot of good for our state already. I think she’d be good in the White House,” said Klobuchar supporter Angela Thompson, 44, according to the Star Tribune.

Blue and red signs reading “Amy for America” dotted the snow-covered crowd.

The 58-year-old three-term senator — who was easily re-elected in 2018 two years after Donald Trump came within 50,000 votes of Hillary Clinton in the state — has never lost an election, the Star Tribune reports.

Klobuchar joins a handful of other Democrats who have announced intentions to run for president, including four other women who currently serve in the Congress, the New York Times reports.

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Jared Gilmour is a McClatchy national reporter based in San Francisco. He covers everything from health and science to politics and crime. He studied journalism at Northwestern University and grew up in North Dakota.
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